Finding the right time to sleep...

  1. Many studies have highlighted the effects that sleep has on your learning capacity. The outcome suggests that if you don't get enough sleep your academic performance will degrade. It is suggested that most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel alert and rested.

    Are you getting enough sleep?
    When do you get your sleep? AM or PM?

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    Last edit by Joe V on Jun 17, '18
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  3. by   reagansm
    Ideally I sleep from midnight to 8. However, that does not work out if I pick up a 7 - 3 shift, or Monday nights when I have to volunteer on Tuesday mornings at 8, or even on Sunday if I am going to go to church. ALSO, I am starting my last semester of clinicals this week and I have night shift. So, I am attempting to sleep during the day. Last night I made myself stay up to 3, slept until 11:30 (my cats did not like this and woke me up around 9). Tonight, I am going to try and push it a little farther, all to get my self ready to stay up all night on Friday. Should be easy to sleep Saturday and then I get go back that night. I'm more than a little nervous!
  4. by   joanna73
    I sleep from 10- 1730 usually, since I'm on nights. This usually works well for me.
  5. by   DutchRN09
    The night before I work I sleep from 2100-0515, that works well, and then I repeat that x2. When I am off, I sleep from 2200-0600/0630, which I why I prefer working days, although they are super busy. At least my sleep schedule is the same.
  6. by   JZ_RN
    What is this "sleep" you speak of?
  7. by   SarcasticLVN
    I work days 6:30-3:00 pm! Thank goodness I hate pm's! But I sleep maybe 5-6 hours a night on nights I work and then on my days off it varies.. I might crash at 8:00 pm but then I'll be up at 3/4:00 am on my day off, but have not slept in past 7:00 am on a day off in 6 months I remember my teenage days where I could sleep until noon! Sad thing is I'm single and in mid 20's but by the time I'm off and get home I just want to crawl into bed!
  8. by   OfficialWarmBody
    I am reading this after my usual 3 nights in a row at 0215. Obviously I do not flip well!
  9. by   AZMOMO2
    Well it's 2am, I have been awake since 6am and hope to be sleeping around 9am or so. Normally I work 7p-7a x 3 days a week and go to school 2 days a week from 12p-4p and have 1 clinical a week from 7a-7p... these days tend to overlap a lot. I also have 4 dogs that make it nearly impossible to get undisturbed sleep on my nights/days off.

    I figure maybe I can get some sleep one of these days.
  10. by   hereinTN
    I work 6pm to 6am. I generally sleep from 9 am to 4:30pm, I try to stay on the same sleeping schedule when I am off work too. I use white noise machine, keep the room a cool 68 degrees and use a blackout curtain. I usually feel pretty well rested, but this schedule is rough on a social life. Have always been a night shift nurse, I groove on this schedule.
  11. by   luvmykids0810
    I sleep when I'm dead. Lol I work nights 7p to 7aSaturday and Sunday. And I have two kids that r standing outside the bathroom door as I type this now. Lol
  12. by   RNbethy
    I'm starting the ICU pretty soon: Rotating from days to nights and back again.
    I rely on a good night sleep and am known to go to bed by 8 or 9 every night, rising by 3 or 4 am the next morning. Nights are going to be brutal! The hardest part will be that My dog will want a walk when I come home. Should I wear sunglasses outside to make my body think it is still dark?
  13. by   nurrrse
    giving up sleeping to help others !!
    OMG i can't describe how much i'm proud to be one of the mercy angles <3